Hear this, all peoples;
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
Both low and high,
Rich and poor together. (Ps. 49:1-2)
We are now in Psalm 49 and while I was reading and pondering on it, I couldn’t help but think about the testimony of a sister-in-Christ which I had written recently. It is about the great miracle that happened in her life not too long ago. But as I was thinking of writing this and sharing her amazing testimony (now, testimonies are supposed to be always amazing, right?), I had this sadness settling in my heart, for I know that there are people – including Christians, most unfortunately – that are skeptical of such stories. Could it be that the words of the Prophet Isaiah are happening to them?
“Make the heart of this people dull,
And their ears heavy,
And shut their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart,
And return and be healed.” (Is. 6:10)
I have also observed how some Christians would revel in “enticing words of man’s wisdom” but would be skeptical, or worse, unbelieving, in God’s miracles. Could faith still be called faith when it can only believe what is humanly possible? Shouldn’t we be believing in Godly possible? On those things that could only be done by the mighty hand of God? For if we cannot believe in miracles, in impossible things that are only made possible by God, and believe only those things that usually and naturally happen in life, aren’t we reducing God to one who has weak power?
If we say we believe God created the vast universe with the astounding Milky Way and that He holds the world in His hands, couldn’t we believe when a true Christ-follower testifies that the same hand held an aircraft and stopped it from crashing to earth?
For the ones who are poor – poor in wealth, in worldly wisdom, in honor, in everything that gives one pride of life – are really the ones who are rich in faith (James 2:5). For they count nothing in their life that they could glory in except in the Lord Jesus Christ. And because of the pure Gospel of salvation this one Christian has received, just like the one that the Apostle Paul wrote about, all the passengers of the plane were saved together with her who had great faith.
And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. (1 Cor. 2:4)
For the redemption of our souls is costly, wrought by the power of God. Such power that gives us eternal life! I can imagine Sister Mary-Ann, standing full of faith and honor and worship to the Lord God Almighty – glory to Him! – as I ponder on these words:
Why should I fear in the days of evil,
When the iniquity at my heels surrounds me?
Those who trust in their wealth
And boast in the multitude of their riches,
None of them can by any means redeem his brother,
Nor give to God a ransom for him—
For the redemption of their souls is costly,
And it shall cease forever—
That he should continue to live eternally,
And not see the Pit. (Ps. 49:5-9)
Friends, I invite you to read the following testimony and it’s my earnest prayer that God will touch your hearts today:
In late-2010, Sis. Mary Anne and her employer traveled from Jeddah to London. On December 3 of the same year, a day Sis. Mary Anne is bound never to forget, they left London for Jeddah…
The passengers, who were mostly Muslims, were standing up, calling and crying out to Allah. When Sis. Mary-Ann felt that the aircraft was already going on a nose dive, she also stood up and with all the strength in her, shouted “Halleluiah! In Jesus’ Name! In Jesus’ Name!” many times. She was crying out and shouting as loud as she could… Read full testimony here.